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Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths....
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NICK GIBBS

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers....
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Land Rover blasts Evoque look-alike from China

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Land Rover plans to complain to Chinese officials about a close copy of its Evoque SUV that broke cover at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China late last week....
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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany....
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PSA launches 4th Chinese-built SUV

Nov. 25, 2014 10:48 CET
PSA has launched its fourth Chinese-built SUV, the Citroen C3-XR, in the world's biggest auto market. PSA's other locally produced SUVs are the Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008 and DS6....
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Ford to build longer, 3-row Edge for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China....
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South Korea embraces European imports. Yes, South Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Here is a fairly stunning statistic: South Koreans, long viewed as among the most nationalistic of car buyers, are on track to spend more on vehicle imports from Europe this year than their country takes in from its own vehicle exports....
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EDITORIAL

Global companies should abide by the same rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict....
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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

Automakers can stop supplier price-fixing now, but will they?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
Auto supplier price-fixing is a global criminal epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. The auto industry can make it all stop right now, but will they?...
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

9:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to overtake Toyota as the world's No. 1 carmaker....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff

9:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff?...
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German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built 10 crash-test facilities in China over the past decade....
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Gestamp expects China to be its No. 3 market by 2015

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Gestamp, a Spanish supplier of metal auto parts, predicts that by 2015 China will become its third-largest market worldwide, after Germany and Spain....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Ghosn sets the record straight on price-fixing conspiracy

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In our package of stories on supplier price-fixing published Monday, one report said Carlos Ghosn inadvertently created the bid-rigging tradition. It was an intriguing scenario. But Carlos Ghosn begs to differ....
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Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors....
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Audi's China PR director faces corruption probe, report says

Nov. 19, 2014 10:39 CET
Audi's public relations chief in China, Lu Minjie, is under investigation by the central Chinese government's anti-corruption task force, according to Chinese media....
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Dongfeng-PSA to sell imported vehicles in China next year

Nov. 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile, PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor, will take over the vehicle import business currently run by the French automaker's Asia office. The move integrates PSA's vehicle distribution channels in China....
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VW's China growth slows to 10% due to capacity limits

Nov. 18, 2014 17:51 CET
VW's growth in China is expected to slow to 10 percent this year from 16 percent in 2013 due to a conservative strategy that has limited its production capacity, VW China chief Jochem Heizmann said....
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Ford preps larger, 3-row Edge for China

6:13 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Ford will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for the Chinese market, Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service, told journalists Tuesday on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET
Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom....
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Mitsubishi promises new products

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Mitsubishi, amid a remarkable sales rebound in the United States, is targeting its first profit in North America since the global financial crisis. Now CEO Osamu Masuko pledges to build on the company's momentum with a badly needed injection of fresh product....
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Hot sales put Subaru ahead of plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
In May, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, unveiled a business plan to guide the company through 2020. But Subaru's sales are rising so fast, he may have to roll out a new plan much sooner than expected....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clean diesels are perfect for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Today's clean diesel technology does not require a compromise between real-world fuel economy and vehicle size and performance....
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Confessions of a price fixer

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
As one after another Japanese auto supplier gets snagged for price fixing, it is the unwritten rule, say insiders and lawyers, that middle managers sometimes take the fall for superiors and get rewarded for not airing the company's dirty laundry in public court. This is one such story....
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